Hiking with international peeps whose first language is not English is perfect for me because I love to correct people’s pronounciation, grammar and finish people’s sentences (one of my worst traits). Matteo’s English is quite good, but it is amazing how many slang phrases J & I use without knowing it.
Then, we walked through Mangaokewa Reserve and it sounded like it could be a leisurely 15K through a picturesque setting. Instead, we crossed a lot of farmland and were often walking slanted on the hillsides hoping not to plummet to our death below in the Mangaokewa River. Besides the slanted trail, there were also divets in the path covered by the long grass, just in case we were interested in unexpectedly rolling an ankle. Oh, there was also a huge gaping hole in the path that has definitely claimed a few hikers.
Did you know there are more than 48 million sheep in NZ (about 10 sheep to every person) and the country is the world’s largest producer of strong wool?